Saudi  crown prince Mohammed bin Salman: under house arrest in his mansion in Jeddah and banned from travelling abroad. Photograph: Saudi Press Agency via The New York Times

The Saudi authorities have been urged to reveal why they have placed ousted crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef under house arrest in his mansion in the p(...)

White House briefing room: Sean Spicer took reporters’ questions for the first time on January 23rd, 2017. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Oh, Sean Spicer, the White House’s four-Pinocchio press secretary, is this the end? We know we’re not supposed to “just yell out questions” but rather(...)

Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, disagrees ‘vehemently’ with Donald Trump’s opposition to international trade deals. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Donald Trump’s plans to repatriate US corporate tax from countries like Ireland is a “non-starter” because they are tied to tax cuts for the rich, the(...)

Mike Pompeo, director of the CIA: “I can’t talk about the details of the intelligence, but we have, the intelligence community has said, that this election was meddled with by the Russians in a way that is frankly not particularly original.” File photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

Russia “meddled” in last year’s US presidential election as part of a decades-long effort to “undermine American democracy”, CIA director Mike Pompeo (...)

Gen Manuel Antonio Noriega after a state council meeting at the presidential palace in Panama City, in August, 1989, as a   new president of the republic was announced. Photograph: Matias Recart/AP

Manuel Antonio Noriega, the brash former dictator of Panama and sometime ally of the United States whose ties to drug trafficking led to his ousting i(...)

The report praised by the ‘Global Times’ said the Chinese killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 of the CIA’s sources in China, destroying a network that had taken years to build. Photograph: Dennis Brack/EPA

Chinese tabloid the Global Times has hailed China’s anti-espionage skills after a US report at the weekend said Beijing had killed or jailed up to 20 (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on a balcony of the Grand People’s Study house after a military parade in Pyongyang on April 15th. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea on Friday accused the US Central Intelligence Agency and South Korea’s intelligence service of a plot to attack its “supreme leadership” –(...)

An unmanned aircraft in  the Middle East. The history of US intervention in the region might have been avoided if in 1919 US president Woodrow Wilson had acted on recommendations of a commission he appointed to survey Arab opinion on governance following the collapse of the Ottoman empire. Photograph: Getty Images

US political and military intervention in the Middle East began 68 years ago, and has grown deeper and increasingly destructive since Washington’s 199(...)

Syrian girls at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, which shelters some 80,000 Syrian refugees on the border with the war-ravaged country. Photograph:  Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

The number of people fleeing Syria’s civil war to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt has passed the five million mark, data from the UN refugee a(...)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said the group would give technology companies exclusive access to technical details of Central Intelligence Agency’s reported hacking tools. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said his group will work with technology companies to help defend them against the Central Intelligence Agency’s (...)

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